Dating violence is when one person purposely hurts or scares someone they are dating.
Dating violence happens to people of all races, cultures, incomes, and education levels.
These can also be fostered by a teen’s home and community.
For example, higher levels of bonding to parents and enhanced social skills can protect girls against victimization.
Learn more about characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships.
In addition to teaching relationship skills, prevention programs can focus on promoting protective factors—that is, characteristics of a teen’s environment that can support healthy development—and positive youth development.
Never get pregnant hoping that it will stop the abuse.